I had an epiphany whilst on professional experience placement last week and observing a Year 4 technology lesson. The students were continuing a lesson on learning how to code their own online game. The students’ prior knowledge at the beginning of the lesson which included defining terms such as, branching, iteration and user input was absolutely new knowledge for me! I was in awe as students knew how to insert forever loops and if/then commands while adding a second sprite into the mix. To add insult to injury, not only was I gobsmacked at how out of touch I suddenly felt, but the preppies were lining up outside ready to begin their coding lesson! Have you ever heard of the expression, ‘Where have you been, hiding under a rock?’ That was when I realised that I need to either get on board or get left behind!
It seems as though this is the future of teaching and the future culture of student learning. That being said, I predict that the next generation of specialist technology teachers will be morphed with the classroom teachers where teaching coding and Mathematics will occur in the regular classroom. What do you think?